zoological taxonomy

Ken Kinman kinman at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 30 08:45:51 CST 2002

     Without a doubt, I would very strongly recommend the following book:
Ernst Mayr and Peter Ashlock, 1991.  Principles of Systematic Zoology (2nd
Edition).  Studying the ICZN Rules without such a guide would be a
*harrowing* experience.
     He will get an excellent overall view, with a little more of a
cladistic slant from Ashlock's parts of the book.  If he wants to get the
"purely" cladistic view, he can then delve into "The Compleat Cladist".
      I really feel sorry for anyone having to understand the complexities
of taxonomy at this very unsettled time, but I think Mayr and Ashlock's book
is anyone's best bet to help get them through whatever is going to be
happening in the next several years.  I wish your friend good luck.
          --- Cheers,  Ken Kinman

>From: John Nelson <nelson at BIOL.SC.EDU>
>Reply-To: John Nelson <nelson at BIOL.SC.EDU>
>Subject: Re: zoological taxonomy
>Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 21:04:25 -0500
>WED 30 Jan 0901h
>         A colleague of mine, much interested in rodents, needs to study
>zoological taxonomy (including rules of nomencature). Is there an
>introductory text that he should consider, short of ICZN?
>         Thanks JOHN
>John B. Nelson
>A. C. Moore Herbarium
>Department of Biological Sciences
>University of South Carolina
>Columbia SC 29208
>ph 803-777-8196
>fax 803-777-4002
>nelson at sc.edu
>Non totum difficile est, sed nihil facile.

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